How Sinus Problems Begin
Sinuses are hollow air spaces in the skull and bones of the face.
They lie above and along the nose, around the eyes and across
the cheekbones. All of these spaces can become clogged by mucus
from the nose, so anything that causes your nose to swell or
get congested can affect your sinuses the same way.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Typical symptoms of sinusitis may include pressure and pain in
the upper portion of the face; headache; swelling of the eyelids;
scratchy throat; congestion or a stuffy nose; thick, yellow-green
nasal discharge; low-grade fever and bad breath that isn't related
to dental problems. More than two-thirds of sinusitis cases are
acute, which means they are only temporary and should be cured
by a course of antibiotics.
The remaining one-third of cases are chronic. The symptoms never
seem to go away, even with medical treatment. Chronic sinusitis
usually has an underlying cause such as persistent allergies,
Treatment for Sinusitis
Treatments for sinusitis vary depending on the cause. Your physician
may recommend a vaporizer, warm compresses, and ibuprofen or
nasal steroids to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics and allergy treatments
can treat the cause of the infection. Surgery may be required
in some chronic cases.